Friday, February 10, 2012

Bookish Quotes: Gatsby's Library

It seems that decorating using books by the yard is not really a new phenomenon! Although to be fair, the gentleman does seem to be a tad excitable about that fact!

A stout, middle-aged man, with enormous owl-eyed spectacles, was sitting somewhat drunk on the edge of a great table, staring with unsteady concentration at the shelves of books. As we entered he wheeled excitedly around and examined Jordan from head to foot.

"What do you think?" he demanded impetuously.

"About what?'

He waved his hand toward the book-shelves.

"About that. As a matter of fact you needn't bother to ascertain. I ascertained. They're real.

"The books?"

He nodded.

"Absolutely real - have pages and everything. I thought they'd be a nice durable cardboard.  Matter of face, they're absolutely real. Pages and - Here! Lemme show you."

Taking our scepticism for granted, he rushed to the book-cases and returned with Volume One of the Stoddard Lectures.

"See!" he cried triumphantly. "It's a bona-fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella's a regular Belasco. It's a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too - didn't cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?"

He snatched the book from me and replaced it hastily on its shelf, muttering that if one brick was removed the whole library was liable to collapse.


  1. This is too funny. I can't imagine being excited about books by the yard in quite that way. I would want to take them all down one by one and examine them!

    1. I can't imagine that either Heather! I would want to see if there was anything there that I might want to actually borrow to read!

  2. Love it! i rmemeber this sene tickling me. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    1. I thought it was pretty funny too, Sharon!



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